My answers to How Many Kindles #1

My answers to How Many Kindles #1

A few days ago, I posted a game where I gave you a statement and asked you for how many Kindle models that statement was true:

http://ilmk.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/how-many-kindles-1/

If you want to try the game yourself, go there first, then come back here for the answers. :)

This is how I defined the Kindles:

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Count all of the variants of one of these as one model..wi-fi only/wi-fi and 3G, Special Offers or not, international or US only.

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I’m also careful to say here that we might disagree on the answers…I tend to go with the mainstream sort of answer, while everything might be possible if you hacked a Kindle. ;) I’ll give you some of my logic to justify my answers, but I’m happy to have you challenge them in comments to this post.

I’m going to include the percentages of respondents…that’s part of what interests me when I do these things. I also figure that if you gave an answer that matches mine, and many people didn’t, it might make you feel smarter and/or more educated. I’m not saying that in and of itself should make you feel better, of course…but it does tend to do that. ;)

You may also learn something here that will help you…I always like that.

Question 1:

How many Kindles have been in the market for more than five years?

0] 39.87%  (63 votes)  (my answer) (group answer)
1] 27.85%  (44 votes)
2] 12.03%  (19 votes)
3] 10.76%  (17 votes)
4] 1.9%  (3 votes)
5] 0%  (0 votes)
6] 0.63%  (1 votes)
7] 6.96%  (11 votes)

Total Votes: 158

My answer on this: zero.

The Kindle 1 was announced on November 19, 2007, and I was asking these questions on April 18, 2012…not yet five years.

Question 2:

How many Kindles have text-to-speech?

0] 0%  (0 votes)
1] 3.97%  (5 votes)
2] 6.35%  (8 votes)
3] 14.29%  (18 votes)
4] 24.6%  (31 votes) (group answer)
5] 23.02%  (29 votes)  (my answer)
6] 23.81%  (30 votes)
7] 3.97%  (5 votes)

Total Votes: 126

My answer: five. The Kindle 1 doesn’t have it, and the Mindle doesn’t have it…it doesn’t even have speakers. The rest of them have it: including the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire’s Pico TTS engine doesn’t work with Kindle store books, but I use it pretty much every workday with text files from Project Gutenberg. Yes, you do need to download another app, but you can use a free app from the Amazon Appstore.

Question 3:

How many Kindles can be ordered new from Amazon.co.uk?

0] 1.92%  (2 votes)
1] 3.85%  (4 votes)
2] 24.04%  (25 votes)
3] 28.85%  (30 votes)  (my answer) (group answer)
4] 17.31%  (18 votes)
5] 9.62%  (10 votes)
6] 8.65%  (9 votes)
7 5.77%  (6 votes)

Total Votes: 104

This one interested me, and yes, I had to check. :) It’s the Mindle, the Kindle Touch, and the Kindle Keyboard. I could not find them carrying the Kindle DX as a new product.

Question 4:

How many Kindles can do landscape mode?

0] 0%  (0 votes)
1] 3.96%  (4 votes)
2] 4.95%  (5 votes)
3] 8.91%  (9 votes)
4] 9.9%  (10 votes)
5] 19.8%  (20 votes)
6] 22.77%  (23 votes)
7] 29.7%  (30 votes)  (my answer) (group answer)

Total Votes: 101

This number just recently changed with the update to the Kindle Touch, which gave it landscape.

Question 5:

How many Kindles have a touchscreen?

0] 0%  (0 votes)
1] 8.49% (9 votes)
2] 71.7%  (76 votes)  (my answer) (group answer)
3] 16.98%  (18 votes)
4] 1.89%  (2 votes)
5] 0.94%  (1 votes)
6] 0%  (0 votes)
7] 0%  (0 votes)

Total Votes: 106

The group was confident on this one: two. That’s the Kindle Fire and the Kindle Touch.

Question 6:

How many Kindles can hold thousands of books?

0] 0%  (0 votes)
1] 0.88%  (1 votes)
2] 1.77%  (2 votes)
3] 2.65%  (3 votes)
4] 4.42%  (5 votes) (my answer)
5] 4.42%  (5 votes)
6] 15.93%  (18 votes)
7] 69.91%  (79 votes) (group answer)

Total Votes: 113

Not the Mindle: that only says 1,400.  Not the Kindle 1: that was 200. Not the Kindle 2: that was 1,500. My answer is four: the Kindle Keyboard (3,500); Kindle Touch (3,000); Kindle DX (3,000); and Kindle Fire (6,000). Tuxgirl, one of my frequent readers and commenters, asked if I was including the SD card storage for the Kindle 1. I wasn’t…those books aren’t stored on the Kindle. You could carry around ten SD cards if you wanted. You could also use a wi-fi drive with the Fire: i wasn’t counting that. If you did count the SD card for the Kindle 1, I could see that argument…if that’s why you said five, you can give yourself credit. :)

Question 7:

How many Kindles can use KF8 (Kindle Format 8) files?

0] 7.45%  (7 votes)
1] 18.09%  (17 votes)
2] 25.53%  (24 votes)  (my answer) (group answer)
3] 15.96%  (15 votes)
4] 12.77%  (12 votes)
5] 3.19%  (3 votes)
6] 6.38%  (6 votes)
7] 10.64%  (10 votes)

Total Votes: 94

Kindle Format 8 is a new format from Amazon, and it’s available on the Kindle Fire…and recently added to the Kindle Touch with an update. That makes two.

Question 8:

How many Kindles have audible menus?

0] 8.7%  (8 votes)
1] 13.04%  (12 votes) (my answer)
2] 25%  (23 votes)
3] 27.17%  (25 votes) (group answer)
4] 8.7%  (8 votes)
5] 6.52%  (6 votes)
6] 5.43%  (5 votes)
7] 5.43%  (5 votes)

Total Votes: 92

Surprisingly to me, this is only on the Kindle Keyboard. I’m quite surprised that it doesn’t appear to be on the Fire, and why not on the Touch? In December 2009, there were many news stories suggesting this was coming to the Kindle DX and the Kindle 2…but when the Kindle Keyboard/3 came out in July of 2010, that’s when and how we got it.

Question 9:

How many Kindles can play Minesweeper?

0] 1.1%  (1 votes)
1] 6.59%  (6 votes)
2] 14.29%  (13 votes)
3] 8.79%  (8 votes)
4] 7.69%  (7 votes)
5] 15.38%  (14 votes)
6] 21.98%  (20 votes)  (my answer)
7] 24.18%  (22 votes) (group answer)

Total Votes: 91

Yes, even the Kindle 1 could play Minesweeper. The one that’s missing it? The Kindle Touch…

Question 10:

How many Kindles has Bufo owned?

0] 0%  (0 votes)
1] 0%  (0 votes)
2] 0%  (0 votes)
3] 2%  (2 votes)
4] 5%  (5 votes)
5] 13%  (13 votes)
6] 21%  (21 votes) (my answer)
7] 59%  (59 votes) (group answer)

Total Votes: 100

I’ve owned six models. The only one I haven’t had is the Kindle DX.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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One Response to “My answers to How Many Kindles #1”

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